Had our only real snow of the season today. Me and my classmates were feeling a bit disinterested in learning new kanji, so we started playing our favorite game of “Stump the Japanese Teacher”. We asked the questions below, and didn’t get very far. So, I dug around a bit, found answers as follows:
- Which kanji has the most syllables? The following have 5:
- consent 承 (うけたまわ)
- intention 志 (こころざし)
- imperial decree 詔 (みことのり) - not found in WK, found in jisho and google translate
- Which kanji has the most onyomi readings?
These have 5 readings each:
These have 4 readings each:
These have 3 readings each:
- What are the most common onyomi readings?
Top five: (we spit these out when we can’t remember, sometimes we get lucky)
- しょう (in 77 kanji!)
These were based on the top 1945 most popular kanji learned in Japanese schools, data from JMDict.
Any additions or suggestions, please post!